T-Mobile myTouch Review
Unfortunately, we’re extremely bummed by the fact that it’s running Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread – as opposed to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich like a good majority of new devices nowadays. Worst yet, we’re not entirely sold on the heavily customized myTouch skin it’s flaunting, as it seems too antiquated. Well, the Genius button makes another appearance with this one, but it doesn’t pack the same inventive and enhanced functions that are seen with other newer services out there – like Google Now. Indeed, it’s nice being able to accomplish some things via voice, but that’s about the extent of its functionality. Lastly, who knows when it’ll get the ICS treatment.
With its 4-inch display, the layout of its on-screen keyboard is a bit cramped in portrait to effectively type with little slowdown. And despite exuding a responsive performance, it tends to slow down a bit with its predictive text offering – albeit, it’s not too bad.
Uncovering its core set of organizer apps, there’s nothing entirely too different with its functionality, as it falls in line to what we see with any other Android smartphone. Furthermore, we can say the same for the email experience with the Gmail app on board with the handset.
Being a T-Mobile device and all, it’s stuffed full with the carrier’s usual suspect of apps – these include 411 & More, Game Base, MobileLife Organizer, More for Me, Music Hub, T-Mobile Mall, T-Mobile My Account, T-Mobile Name ID, T-Mobile TV, and Visual Voicemail. As for preloaded third party apps, it consists of Amazon, Documents To Go, DLNA, Lookout, Monopoly Classic, Slacker Radio, TeleNav GPS Navigator, WildTangent, Words Free, and Zinio.
Processor and Memory:
Hardly going to raise any eyebrows nowadays, the T-Mobile myTouch is powered by a single-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 processor with 1GB of RAM. Interestingly enough, it handles navigating around the homescreen with a live wallpaper with few nagging issues – though, we do notice some choppy performance with other basic tasks. Thankfully, the noticeable performance issues don’t adversely affect its overall performance, but then again, its benchmark scores are nearly laughable by today’s stringent standards.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|HTC One S||4867||7012||60,7|
|Samsung Galaxy S III||5335||12016||58,6|
Packing only 1.98GB of internal storage and another 579MB reserved for apps, you might want to invest in a microSD card to supplement its paltry capacity.
Internet and Connectivity:
Page loads aren’t that much a problem for the myTouch, seeing that its HSPA+ connection is able to load our site to its entirety in a short amount of time. However, the experience is diminished by an extravagant amount of choppiness with its performance. In fact, it’s made even worse when heavy Flash content is encountered.
Global travelers will be able to take this one abroad while retaining a data connection with most networks. As for other connectivity goodies, it features aGPS, Bluetooth, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality.